I am very sorry if this is the wrong section to post in, but I really can't find any other place to post this is.
Laptop specs/HW: Asus F3E series laptop, AMI bios (Version 305, Date 2008.07.21.).
Ok, from the beginning - some friends put on a BIOS password on my laptop and forgot it.
Now I'm trying to get it off, but no luck. And I probably have messed something up already.
I've tried just about everything from Hiren's Boot CD, nothing helped, the password is still there. But when starting up my laptop it beeps once and says that CMOS time/date is not set and gives me 2 options - to enter the SETUP or use default values, both of them give the same result - it asks for a password. When I get in my Windows I see that the time is reset to year 2008.
I've also tried updating my BIOS with the same version and one lower with AFLASH2, it updated successfully but nothing really changed, the password is still there and time still resets.
Today I changed the BIOS battery (before putting the new one in, there was no battery in for about 2-3 hours if not more) hoping that it would fix something. Well, it didn't..
Checked the strings from BIOS, some random letters and numbers came up, but nothing that would work as the password.
Also, for the last few days, my Windows has crashed 2 times giving 7a error code, and after some searching it seems that it points to hardware failure. My HDD has been clicking for the last few days too, so I think it could be the culprit. But, today I connected it to another laptop and the clicking was gone. Could the BIOS affect my HDD and cause the crashes?
I am quite desperate right now as I don't see anything else I could try. I have backuped my necessary files and documents, but still this laptop is vital for my studies right now and I can't buy a new one.
Does anyone have anything else in mind that I could try?